Wilsonville Public Library remodeling is nearly done
The project to renovate the Wilsonville Public Library wasn't completely wrapped up last week — but the major components had been implemented.
Now, the library looks quite a bit different than it did in 2017.
It is freshly painted, features new carpeting, a more spacious feel in the center of the library and the children's room, three service desks for kids, teens and adults, a new entrance into the library and ample rearranging. The new air conditioning system and the construction of a doorway connecting the children's room to the patio was days away from being finished.
The City budgeted $1.3 million to pay for the renovation project, which began in January.
"The whole central area is very open compared to what it used to be," Wilsonville Library Services Manager Steven Engelfried said. "We have books on display, faceout books. You can see the newest and most popular books right away."
Some other changes include adding more charging stations near furniture, moving the teen area into a more secluded section and showcasing curated book sections such as staff picks, books club picks and bestsellers. The library grand opening will take place July 20 and the library will continue to be open to the public until
"We're hoping to promote books better and make it easier for people to just browse and find things that they like rather than looking things up in the catalogue and tracking them down," Engelfried said.
Children's events at the library will not take place in June and will start back up again in July because the Oak Room hasn't been furnished. Some adult programs, like the Genealogy Club, will continue running through June.
"We've moved some shelves around a bit but we don't have the furniture in there that we want and we also are planning to rearrange a little bit," Engelfried said.
Summer reading program
The Wilsonville Library's summer reading program is also kicking into gear. In the program, kids, teens and adults can receive books and other prizes for reading 20 minutes a day for at least 20 days. Parents reading to kids counts.
The library also has a science program, where kids can receive a science-related prize for completing 10 science explorations during the summer.
"If they're walking in the park with their parents and look under a rock and see worms, that's science," Engelfried said. "It's in the most broadest sense exploring curiosity and investigating the physical world."
Engelfried said about 2,000 children and teens sign up for the summer reading program per year and that the library made more of a concerted effort to give presentations at middle schools this year, so that number could rise.
"As we try to get more participation the way to do it is to try to find those kids and grownups who aren't regularly in the library where they are," Engelfried said.